I keep getting asked about my genre, and I find myself dancing around the question. Is “Bram Stoker’s Summer Sublet” a Vampire Romance, an Urban Fantasy or a Paranormal Mystery? Yes and no — to all of them. I rocket back and forth between calling it a Vampire Dark Comedy or a Vampire Un-Romance.
I really don’t know what to say.
On the surface “POED” is Psychological Suspense, but the Poe-infused style could also win it a Contemporary Gothic label. And that Poe-connection means horror can’t be far away.
At least “The Mary Shelley Game” is a straight out Mystery. Or is it? The stories within the story are all over the genre universe and the stalker in the woods makes a case for suspense or thriller.
And now I’m working on the fourth MONSTER. I’m telling myself it’s Romantic Suspense, but I could be wrong. I think I’ve struck the appropriate balance between the mystery/suspense elements and the romance, but….
Does any of this really matter? I read all sorts of genres. My Kindle is fat with a wild mix — historical romances, science fiction, classic horror, urban fantasy, ghost stories, cozy mysteries, noir detectives, paranormal and the rest. I even read non-fiction. (Believe it or not…)
But books are marketed to ever-thinner slices of the reading universe. It seems like the narrower the scope the easier it is to find the right readers. This would imply that most readers are into only one kind of book.
Is this true? Am I dancing alone in my genre shuffle?
Do you read across genres? Let me know…
Historical Romance/Romantic Suspense/Suspense Mystery/Mystery Horror/ Horror Thriller/Thriller Terror/Terror Mystery/ Mystery Murder/ Murder Detective/ Detective Noir……